Drawstring Bag

Size: Bag About 38cm (l) 20cm (Bottom diameter)

Perfect for an early spring outing, this drawstring bag is unique and stylish with the hemp yarn-woven bottom to match a natural tone fabric. The featured fabric is LAND WITH ANGELS designed by an illustrator/handcraft artist, mina chape. The textile reminds you of a French born 18th century print design of Toile De Jouy. Creating a fanciful feel, a flock of sheep, angels and moon are placed around medieval churches in a style of delicate line drawings.

Design & Work: Anriko

Fabric shown for this sample:
 (Panel outer fabric, Lining fabric)JGA-70010 D/#10 A

□ Fabric (Panel outer fabric, Lining fabric): 90cm×80cm
    (Shoulder strap, Tab, Stopper): 10cm×110cm
□ Fusible interfacing: 65cm×7cm
□ Cord: 1.2m (0.3cm diameter)
□ Swivel hooks: Two pieces (Inner diameter 1.2cm)
□ D rings: Three pieces (Inner diameter 1.2cm)
□ Slide Adjuster: One piece (Inner diameter 1.2cm)
□ Grommet: Twelve pairs (Diameter 1.3cm)
□ Hemp yarn: 150g (Medium weight)
□ #5/0 Crochet hook

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We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
Like a small panel design, the lovely illustrations are everywhere. I wanted to create an item with a shape that allows every part of the design to be seen from various angles.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
Since the base color is in a natural tone, I came up with a hemp yarn-woven bottom as an accent. While it may take longer than sewing, this bottom is better as it is solid without a core.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
The bag itself is just a tube, so it is easy to make. The basket bottom is attached to the top tube by hand sewing. To make it secure, I recommend using a solid thread for this process.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
The drawstring bag was at one time very popular, and the trend seems to be back with many people carrying it these days. For an elevated elegant look, try it with a longer strap and match it with a simple mature clothing style.

KF: Thank you very much, Anriko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!


The picture shows the woven bottom portion. When you weave, it will be helpful to set a certain stitch location and use it as a guide when increasing the stitches on the next round. This can help create a beautiful spiral design.

The bottom and fabric outer bag portion are sewn together. Apply the yarn as shown. This will make the yarn almost invisible from the front. The 7mm stitch line on the fabric could be used as a guide to keep it straight and it can help the process go easier.

D ring for the backpack strap is attached to the woven part, using a hemp yarn.

Put the cord through the grommet and the bag is complete. If you like to carry the backpack on the right shoulder, this direction of the cord is a good fit as the end of the cord comes out to the front. If you like to carry it on the left shoulder, put through the cord in the opposite direction.

Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)